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100 years ago: University analyzes bootleg whiskey

August 17, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for August 17, 1910:

“A sample of whiskey containing Cannabis Indica, a drug more potent in its effect than opium, has just been analyzed in the laboratory of the university. The sample was furnished by J. G. Sullivan, 604 Illinois street and was purchased a few months ago from a boot-legger on the streets. Mr. Sullivan was suspicious of the liquor the moment he saw its peculiar color and he had the analysis made in an effort to determine exactly what it contained. All the whiskey offered for sale illegally by bootleggers in Lawrence is manufactured from the vilest ingredients.... Lawrence is the best paved city of its size in the state. At the beginning of 1910 more than half a million dollars had been invested in vitrified brick paving in South Lawrence. The university town has three times the amount of street paving per capita as does Denver, the most progressive city of the west.... Dr. Lucy Taylor, 809 Vermont street, suffered a stroke of paralysis about 2 o’clock yesterday morning. Dr. Smith, the family physician, found that the entire right side was completely paralyzed, but hopes that the condition may not prove permanent. Dr. Taylor is a dentist.”

Comments

Sarah St. John 3 years, 7 months ago

D'oh! I didn't see this comment until just now. Thanks Practicality! I haven't read of anyone being hospitalized for ingesting some sort of alcohol/cannabis concoction in the past month, so let's hope that my little history blurb didn't lead anyone into temptation. :)

I read the microfilms of the three newspapers for that day, but not cover-to-cover. The interesting things sort of jump out at me. The 1910 is the most enjoyable because there's almost always three or four things right on the front page that are good for OHT use. The 1970 one has been hoppin' for the past few months because it was a very eventful spring and summer in Lawrence. 1985 is sometimes a little difficult because ... well, I guess because it was a rather peaceful time in Lawrence! There's almost always something about development, though, and that's interesting to look back at... new Dillons store at Sixth and Lawrence, new development where the old Sallie Mae building eventually was built, etc. But sometimes in 1985 and even sometimes in 1970 I have to resort to the fun advertisements or telling you what movies were running at that time.

Basically, my rule of thumb is, if I find it interesting, maybe someone else will too. (Also, I don't put in tragic deaths from 1970 or 1985. I figure that's not something any family members still in the area need to re-visit.)

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Practicality 3 years, 8 months ago

Great Sarah,

Now there is going to be a rash of idiots trying to make this Marijuana Tea.

I do like the OHT's as well. Do you just read the entire newspaper for that day and then pick out the interesting stuff?

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Randall Uhrich 3 years, 8 months ago

I would think that the alcohol, if there were much of it, would degrade or neutralize the Cannabis oils in the mixture. This would negate the intended effects. There's been no history of alcohol/cannabis mixtures ever catching on.

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Sarah St. John 3 years, 8 months ago

It gave me a chuckle to think of J. G. Sullivan taking this bootleg whiskey in for analysis. Can you imagine? "Here, I bought this illegally, and it doesn't look right! Oh, and I only bought it because I wanted to get it off the streets so it wouldn't harm anybody. Yep."

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jjt 3 years, 8 months ago

Somewhere there is the recipe, if KU did an an analysis they will have it. Now how to get it? I only want to know what the proportions were honestly. You know for scholastic purposes only.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 8 months ago

"Dr. Lucy Taylor, 809 Vermont street, suffered a stroke of paralysis about 2 o’clock yesterday morning. Dr. Smith, the family physician, found that the entire right side was completely paralyzed, but hopes that the condition may not prove permanent. Dr. Taylor is a dentist.”"

She is believed to be the first practicing female dentist.

http://home.comcast.net/~thorsdag/LucyHobbsTaylor.html

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thuja 3 years, 8 months ago

"A sample of whiskey containing Cannabis Indica, a drug more potent in its effect than opium"

Boy what those old timey folks believed!

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